Squirrels

Squirrels

I admit, I’m a fan of squirrels, but not because I’ve ever been around them very much. I just think they’re one of the most adorable creatures around.

I had more fun choosing the photos as well and tried to pick ‘action shots’. Though, I particularly like the photo of the squirrel below who looks like he’s lounging, lol! That’s my kind of critter!

As I’ve done in other blogs, I went hunting for some fun facts and found them on the The Factsite blog. I don’t know about you, but I love learning tidbits here and there on just about any subject. Unfortunately, my ability to retain that information is about zero. Okay, maybe a half-a-percent, lol!

  • In Greek, the word ‘squirrel’ means ‘shadow tail’.
  • The hind legs of squirrels are double-jointed, which gives them the ability to run up and down trees very quickly.
  • A male squirrel can actually smell a female in heat, from up to a mile away.
  • Mating season for squirrels is from February to May, with a 44-day gestation period. Generally, two to four young are born per litter.
  • Squirrels have 4 toes on their front feet, which are extremely sharp and used for gripping tree bark whilst climbing. They also have 5 toes on their back feet.
  • With 285 species of squirrels, they can be found in every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
  • Squirrels can eat their own body weight every week, which is roughly 1.5 pounds.
  • Squirrels can fall from 30 metres (98 feet) high, without hurting themselves.
  • When jumping, or falling, they use their tail both for balance and as a parachute!
  • An arctic ground squirrel (a species of ground squirrel native to the Arctic.) is the only warm-blooded mammal able to withstand body temperatures below freezing whilst hibernating.
  • Squirrels eyes are positioned in a way which allows them to see behind them.

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And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

Squirrels

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21 thoughts on “Squirrels

  1. We have a squirrel we refer to as crazy squirrel it looks in the window.and looks for our dog it will go from wi dow to wi dow till it finds her. Then it begins to tap on the window till she is barking up a storm and it just sits there taunting her till one of us opens the door and chaces it away. And this happens almost daily. We live in central Florida between Disney and bush gardens

    • Kim, that’s a great story! I love animals! They live a secret life. I’ve heard of wild animals taunting indoor pets. This just cracks me up!

  2. For the past three years we’ve had a tail less squirrel running around our school building. Every spring he’d return and I always marvelled at what are survivor he was. Unfortunately, this year he didn’t return and I feel very sad. I will miss him.
    I live in NYC, in the borough of Queens, in an area called East Elmhurst.

    • Oh, so sorry that you didn’t see him this year! I feel sad for you as well! For a very brief time, I had a squirrel visiting my bird bath at my last house. Then one day, like your squirrel, he stopped coming. Later, I learned he’d been hit by a car. I was absurdly sad! Hope you have more squirrel sightings like this in the future. *Waves at Queens*

  3. One day I was out walking my dog and this baby squirrel ran up a tree and promptly fell out. It got up immediately, shook itself and ran back up the tree. Scared the daylights out of me cause I thought it was hurt. After reading they can fall 30 feet without injury I feel so much better. It’s a shame humans can’t do that.

    • Cam, it is amazing how far they can fall! And yes, would that humans had such an ability. Of course we’d have to grow long tails to act as parachutes, but it might be worth it, lol!

  4. Squirrels are cute to watch but they can get nasty, so I have been told. Never went that close to one! Don’t see them too often in my area but not too long ago, I had one in our back yard. It was just sitting there and then it heard a noise and it was gone. Imagine being able to fall such a distance without being hurt, that is something! Loved the pictures.

    • Betty, when I look at a squirrel, as cute as it might be, I remind myself that this is a wild animal with claws — albeit tiny ones — designed to hold onto tree bark. They also have incredibly sharp teeth. I don’t want those teeth or those claws anywhere near me! But they are adorable!

  5. I used to eat my lunch sometimes on the benches in the park attached to our downtown library which was just across the street from the building I used to work in until they started getting aggressive and not waiting for me to share, but hopping up onto the bench beside me and proceeding to help themselves. Being as I was in their habitat, I learned to keep what I didn’t want them to have closed up in my lunch kit. They’re cute though.

  6. Well, cute is as cute does. Squirrels cause a lot of damage in my gardens. They also come right up on the porch to dig in the clay pots destroying the plants.
    In the spring, which is when pansies are planted in NC, they will eat all the white ones first, then the yellow, etc.
    I have acres of woods around me so it’s not that they don’t have other food options.
    Lordy, I don’t want to get started on the bird feeders
    The only cute squirrels are in photos. They do have pretty eyes.

    • First, that’s just too funny about the order in which they prefer to eat your pansies! Still smiling. I guess the white ones must taste fantastic, lol! I can certainly understand your frustration. I get irritated when my bigger lizards kick all the mulch into my paths. (They’re digging for bugs, not a bad thing…) So, I can’t imagine what it would be like to have squirrels chomping and digging in my yard. My blog might have looked very different, lol! But they are cute!

  7. I love squirrels. I live in Tennessee and there are plenty here I still get as excited each time I see them lol.☺☺

    • Marie, we don’t have many squirrels in the Phoenix area, at least not where I’ve lived. But I think I’d be the same way, just excited every time they showed up even if we had a lot of them like your home state. DH and I never tire of watching the humming birds when we’re having our dinner. I think we’ve become ridiculous, lol! But it’s always a good thing to take a lot of pleasure in such small things!

  8. Ah the squirrel. An industrious chap. In small town Michigan, where we like to feed the birds, he gets a bit – okay a lot – lazy. It doesn’t matter that there are two perfectly fine walnut trees in the back yard, he has to swing over to my bird feeders on the front porch. He has no issue bringing all his friends from the neighborhood either. We have had some rather heated discussions about my front porch. Now, in the new place, the bird feeder is all by itself, no trees, shrubs, or porch railings for the little dear. Let’s see him steal for the birds now. He will try, but I have given him a challenge. He may end up checking out the walnut trees at the old place. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy watching them. Even when they are trying to steal from the birds. They are entertaining. I enjoyed the pics. I don’t thing I have seen the breed with the huge eye brows tufts. Interesting.

    BTW – I thought you may be interested in the fact that lately when I see your blog it is time for tea. Doesn’t even seem to matter what time of day it is. 😀 Today’s blend is a free sample called Fruit Sangria, with hibiscus, apples, rosehips, orange peels, sunflower petals, and lemon grass. All good for what ails ya. I think it worked too. The free sample that is. I may have to get more of this lovely blend. I think it will make a lovely iced tea as well as hot.

    • I know we’re talking squirrels, but that tea sounds wonderful! I think I might have to start collecting them as a hobby.

      As for the squirrels being lazy, they’re just like us. We can buy nuts in the shells. It’s possible they might even be better for us that way. But who can resist buying a gorgeous bag of mixed shelled nuts…especially roasted and salted, lol!

  9. The squirrels in my back yard crack me up. They’ve created a running path between our maple trees. And their acrobatic skills are amazing in the way they leap from tree to tree around the yard. I have my own squirrel circus.

    denise

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